The new COVID-19 travel trend is a 'flexcation'

VRBO travel expert Melanie Fish explains how people are working and living in remote cities during pandemic.
2:35 | 08/24/20

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New consumer research and travel data indicate a new fluidity in how families are vacationing the rest of the year. And vrbo, an online marketplace where people can rent vacation homes has dubbed one of the biggest changes -- flexcations. Travel expert Melanie fish is here. What in the world is a flexcation? Here's what has happened. This pandemic has upended the traditional family travel calendar, vrbo for 25 years, has connected people with places they can rent. For generations what that has looked like the busy travel season ends right around labor day. That's not happening this year. People are booking longer stays, they're booking them in September, in October, and what the research is owing us, they're doing it because like it or not they have a lot more flexibility when it comes to work and school. So they're combining the things they need to get done day-to-day with a vacation, so we dubbed these getaways flexcations. Now I get it, Melanie. Flexcation. What are your tips if you're trying to get one for this fall? I do have a couple tips for one, understand when you're renting a home, cabin, or condo on vrbo, you're renting from the homeowner, they set the rules, you want to understand what the policies are, and what the cancellation policies are, I mean, there's a hurricane coming, a pandemic going on, so vrbo has highlighted just how flexible those policies are in the app and on the site. So you can use filters to narrow your search. Also, make sure you're aware of the local situation of where you're going. Are there any travel restrictions in place? You want to make sure that you're choosing a place that you stay it's a destination upon itself, not relying on attractions being open or restaurants being open. And finally, if you're going to try this flexcation idea, set some boundaries. If you're going to get some work done, set the hours when you're going to get that done and when are you going to shut it down or go for a hike in the state park next door. And can you give me a deal on wherever you are right now? It's beautiful. Melanie fish, vrbo travel expert, so good to see you. We'll see you again in the fall as everybody starts to take that flexcation. And up next right here when we come back -- the unexpected

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